noun(the secular arm)
The legal authority of the civil power as invoked by the Church to punish offenders: she was convicted and turned over to the secular arm for execution
More example sentences
- To protect their understanding of Christian freedom, these Lutherans refused to be compelled in matters of church usages when the secular arm of authority was forcing the issue.
- The so-called ultramontanes believed that the state should serve as the secular arm of the Church and enforce its monopoly of the truth against all rival ideologies.
- In Western Christendom the Church of Rome exercised spiritual domination and was not reluctant to use the secular arm - that is, the civil authorities and their armies - to ensure conformity in doctrine and practice.
Definition of secular arm in:
- The US English dictionary